Take a Line for a Walk: Drawing Fundamentals

This course is for people of all ages who like to draw!

It’s designed for both individuals with little or no prior drawing skills, and for those with some experience who wish to refresh their skills, learn new techniques, and possibly begin to develop a portfolio.

In a series of simple, studio-based exercises and projects, students will explore the fundamental principles and elements of observational drawing, such as: line, texture, shape and form, perspective, tone, value and colour, as organized by the simple principles of composition, contrast and unity.

A variety of artist tools, media and techniques will be used to take students from rudimentary steps to more advanced techniques in a fun, recreational manner.

Students Should Bring:

  • A set of graphite pencils containing a range of grades.
  • Erasers: both a plastic / vinyl one and a kneaded-rubber one.
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pad of 11 x 14” quality drawing paper.
  • Sketch book. A 9 x 12” wire-bound, with good quality, mixed-media paper one is best,
because it can flip open and lie flat, and is suitable for a variety of drawing media.

About Michael Peters:

Michael Peters is an artist and a design professional with over three decades of multidisciplinary expertise in design, design management and art & design education. His experience on projects of all types and sizes has covered a broad range of responsibilities from conceptual planning and design, to creative direction and project management, to business development and promotion.

Michael was a full-time professor at Sheridan College in Ontario and taught courses in Graphic Design, 3D Design, Drawing, Design Management, and Digital Media. He has a Master of Design degree from NSCAD University, 2012 (with a focus on participatory design), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (painting and photography) from Mount Allison University, 1977. Also, way back when, he used to teach children’s art classes at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Saturday Morning Club.

In addition to his work as a design educator, Michael was a senior designer at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and subsequently has worked as a design director overseeing the development of international museums and art galleries, corporate identity programs, web and print communications and wayfinding-signage programs for a range of cultural, corporate and governmental groups and organizations.